The Federal Circuit: 30 Years Back, 30 Years Forward

The Federal Circuit: 30 Years Back, 30 Years Forward

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The Federal Circuit:  30 Years Back, 30 Years Forward

February 28, 2012 / American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016
Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 603)

On April 2, 1982, President Reagan signed the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982, which created the new United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Since its inception, the Federal Circuit has delivered a panoply of decisions that have had far-reaching implications on a host of intellectual property, international trade, government contracts, and veterans benefits issues. 

In conjunction with its annual review of the Federal Circuit’s decisions, the American University Law Review is hosting a symposium commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of the court.  In doing so, each panel will engage in a retrospective look at the Federal Circuit’s body of jurisprudence, discerning trends and highlighting key cases that will be essential for practitioners appearing before the court in the years to come.  The event will also focus on the future of the court, asking questions such as:  what’s next after the Leahy-Smith Act?  What are the implications of the court’s continuing saga of spent nuclear fuel cases?  Will Commerce determine a method to apply CVD laws to non-market economies without realizing the CIT’s fears of double-counting?  How will the court reconcile Gardner’s presumption against the backdrop of Chevron deference?

Event Agenda

8:45AM

  • Welcome Remarks

9:00AM to 10:15AM:  The Federal Circuit’s Patent Law Jurisprudence

  • Donald R. Dunner, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • J. Michael Jakes, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Aaron Cooper, Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • Professor Chris Cotropia, University of Richmond Law School
  • Moderator:  Paul Schoenhard, Ropes and Gray LLP

10:30AM to 11:30AM:  Thirty Years of Federal Circuit Trademark Law

  • Douglas A. Rettew, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Professor Christine Farley, American University Washington College of Law
  • Marynelle Wilson, Associate, Cloudigy LLP

11:30AM:  Keynote Address

  • The Honorable Pauline Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

12:15PM:  Lunch and Paper Presentation

  • Professor Sarah Rajec, The George Washington University Law School

1:00PM to 2:30PM:  The “Familiar Conversation” of Veterans Benefits Law in the Federal Circuit

  • Martin Hockey, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Richard Hipolit, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Robert Chisholm, Partner, Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick LLP
  • Professor Linda Jellum, Mercer Law School
  • Rory Riley, House Committee on Veterans Affairs
  • Moderator:  Paul Schoenhard, Ropes and Gray LLP

2:45PM to 3:45PM:  International Trade Law and the Federal Circuit

  • Greg Spak, Partner, White & Case LLP
  • Neal Reynolds, Assistant General Counsel for Litigation, U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Misha Preheim, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Moderator:  Alexandra Hess, Associate, Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP

4:00 PM:  From the Court of Claims to the Federal Circuit:  The Federal Circuit and Government Contracts Law

  • The Honorable Jeri Kaylene Somers, Vice-Chair, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals
  • W. Stanfield Johnson, Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Professor Steven Schooner, The George Washington University Law School

 

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